Volunteer Program

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CONTACT:

Karen Arrington
Volunteer Program Manager
(707) 526-6930 ext. 101
karen@sonomalandtrust.org



Volunteer your time to help Sonoma Land Trust ensure that our county’s beautiful, wild and working lands will remain protected for generations to come. 

Perks of volunteering with Sonoma Land Trust

Access to diverse and beautiful properties
Educational and skill-building opportunities
Great community of people
Annual volunteer celebration: Volunteers enjoy time on the land, learn about projects and properties, and join in the genuine camaraderie that comes from working alongside other volunteers and staff. Our annual volunteer celebration is our opportunity to thank them for all they do to help preserve and care for the beautiful landscapes of Sonoma County.

Volunteer Opportunities

Scroll down to explore the many ways you can join our great community of volunteers who help us in this vital work!


 

Citizen Scientists

Scientists will monitor numerous biological and physical parameters at Sears Point over the next 15 years. This is information that helps the entire restoration community better understand what worked, what didn’t and how natural processes are unfolding there. One of these parameters will be bird use of the site, primarily shorebirds and waterfowl. The scientists collecting the data will be people like you. While we can really use skilled birders, we are looking for anyone with an interest. Trainings will cover data collection and bird ID. Of course, bird ID is learned through long hours in the field. This is a chance to partner up with those more skilled than you and learn. Or, if you already have those skills, it’s an opportunity to share your knowledge. The trainings will be led by consultant Daniel Edelstein who has spent 20 years leading bird surveys and birding trips, and teaches at Merritt College in Oakland. 

 

Conservation Property Monitors

Typically working in teams of two to three, our conservation property monitors visit over 50 protected properties annually. Collectively, these dedicated volunteers monitor more than 7,000 acres of protected land where they hike, photograph, complete written reports and identify issues of concern for our stewardship department. Minimum commitment is two field trips per year, required attendance at an annual training and maintaining a current Land Trust membership.

Event & Office Support

Our office volunteers, friends and supporters help with a range of projects, from fundraising efforts, technical assistance, hikes, outings, events, and more. If you have a special skill you would like to offer, please contact us to get involved!

Glen Oaks Ranch Tools & Trail Crew

Be part of the dedicated crew caring for hiking trails at our historic Glen Oaks Ranch in Glen Ellen.

Go-To Gang

The Go-To Gang is a group of volunteers who serve as our on-call stewardship crew. In addition to completing routine maintenance projects on Land Trust preserve properties, the Gang also responds to emergency situations, such as downed-trees, blocked roads or fire hazards. Without their help, Land Trust staff would be swamped with the never-ending work of protecting the land forever! Time commitment is flexible; projects occur on various properties throughout the year.

Sears Point Docents

Our Sears Point docents provide a personal touch to visitors’ experience by giving interpretive talks, leading nature walks, answering questions and helping orient visitors to the site. Through these activities, docents encourage an appreciation for tidal marsh ecology, the importance of protecting and restoring this vital habitat, and the work that has been done to transform this landscape.

Stewardship Workdays

These half- to day-long outings combine exploration of our unique conservation properties with rewarding work projects. From erosion control projects and trail work to native seed propagation and invasive plant removal, volunteers get to break a sweat and gain an insider’s view of our protected lands. Work projects vary in difficulty and are almost always followed by a fun, informative hike.

Internships

Sonoma Land Trust offers internships each semester. Internships can range from field work in stewardship to outings with the On the Land program to office assistance opportunities and more. Students at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College are eligible to receive one to two units of academic credit. Visit our internship page for current openings.

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